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#272000 5-Jun-2020 00:35
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Has anyone performed the above firmware upgrade? 

I'm a bit late to the party, considering it was released 21st February this year. 

 

Quite a few new features, including better 2.4ghz performance (apparently).

 

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Last time I upgraded the firmware, I didn't know I was supposed to let Slingshot do it. Somehow in doing it myself, I removed the entire Slingshot interface. Thankfully I managed to find the default username and password for my Netcomm NF18ACV, pre-slingshot overhaul of it. Bloke on the other end had no idea what I was looking at when I was describing the Netcomm menu options. 

 

They were about to charge me $70 or so for a new modem, since the technical team reckon I 'destroyed' this one, but I somehow solved the problem.

 

Anyway, anyone tried the update? Was reading some of the issues Whirlpool members were facing. 

 

Also while I've got you reading, thoughts on NF18ACV vs Fritzbox 7490? Just picked one up for $20. Just need a power cable for it. 

 

 

 

 


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  #2498680 5-Jun-2020 09:02
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I've now had three NF18ACV's via Slingshot. 

 

Last one died after a reset, at the instruction of the Slingshot tech I was talking to about slower than expected performance. 

 

Personally, I am not a fan of these routers and find them to be weak and ordinary. But I am provided this by the ISP as a part of my internet package and it costs me nothing to maintain (unless you call a week without internet a cost). 

 

It's sufficient and nothing more. 

 

I wouldn't update the firmware without know exactly what I am doing...and I don't. I've had too many dead routers to want to go through that pain again. 





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  #2498789 5-Jun-2020 10:09
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Handsomedan:

 

talking to about slower than expected performance. 

 

Personally, I am not a fan of these routers and find them to be weak and ordinary. But I am provided this by the ISP as a part of my internet package and it costs me nothing to maintain (unless you call a week without internet a cost). 

 

It's sufficient and nothing more. 

 

 

Thankfully I'm in a small unit, so wifi doesn't have to travel far. Have connected items through Ethernet where applicable to leave WiFi channels relatively free (for lights, phones etc). The range on this modem is poor. On a 100/20 plan, I average  80-90 D / 20-25 U. 
Considering its free pricetag and the good deal I have with Slingshot, the modem covers everything we need. Streams 4K with relative ease.  

 

But if I can improve the performance, then why not. 


 
 
 
 


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  #2499260 5-Jun-2020 19:32
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I'd be careful updating the firmware if it currently works.

 

My first one became non-functional within a month after a factory reset following an ISP techs suggestion due to it regularly losing internet. The second one worked okay for wired ethernet, but the wifi sucked if you weren't in the same room it was.

 

The third one I've dealt with for a family member couldn't provide wifi cover for a 100sqm house, both the 2.4G and 5G signal couldn't pass through a single wooden wall.

 

 

 

If it's currently working for you I highly suggest taking great care before changing anything about it.


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